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The USA Cheer program continues to be recognized for its innovative choreography. The USA program development team is made up of nationally renowned choreographers and technically trained/certified staff. Together they have developed the most CREATIVE and COMPREHENSIVE set of choreography and skills designed to fuel your squads’ success and technical/material needs to last throughout the year!
Time Out Routine
Perfect for timeouts, a halftime or during a rally performance, this Time Out routine will have your ready for any performance. Tumbling, stunts, signs and formation changes are easily incorporated to make this routine dynamic, visual and exciting for your crowd!
GameTime 101 and Game-Action Cheers©
Designed to teach squads everything they need to know about game days and ways to increase crowd participation while building rapport with your crowd, this is an essential class for successfully fulfilling your important roles of athlete, ambassador, crowd leader, spirit raiser and entertainer!
In your Cheer Workshops, teams learn short, upbeat, crowd oriented Game-Action Cheers© perfect for getting your fans fired up between plays. These are designed to coordinate across all programs
Stunt Workshops and Safety Awareness
With an emphasis on practicing good technique and safety, groups will work at their own level, following a logical progression working up from basic to more advanced skills. Incorporating curriculum up to date with NFHS and AACCA rule changes and guidelines, USA staff will work with your squad on building strong technique, stunts and creative pyramids your crowd will love!
Squad Credentialing, All American Finals and Spirit Spectacular
Teams will be NFHS credentialed in Safety, Leadership and in the 5 roles of a spirit leader: Athlete, Ambassador, Crowd Leader, Entertainer and Spirit Raiser. Staff Teammates will guide teams through the process throughout camp.
On the final day of camp, teams shine during this showcase for friends and family. Material is performed, All-Americans are revealed, final awards are distributed and teams are presented with their squad credentialing certificates.
Unity, Leadership and Communication
Learn & put the keys to UNITY into practice in a fun, interactive and valuable workshop (and throughout camp) that will set the tone & foundation for a successful year.
Squads wrap up each day recapping their day, goals and plan of action with their Staff Teammate each night, reviewing accomplishments during camp and ideas to make the most of the upcoming year. Leave knowing you are STRONG AS ONE!
Material, messaging and workshops have the consistent message of team unity, leadership, effective communication & using individual strengths to enhance the team.
USA evaluations are designed to give squads constructive feedback and positive reinforcement in a noncompetitive environment. We like to stress that squads are performing against an evaluation standard, not each other. In the end, the greatest reward is improvement. Based on their performance, each squad will receive a Superior (Blue), Excellent (Red) or Outstanding (Gold) certificates or ribbons for all evaluations. For each evaluation, squads will receive a written evaluation sheet or receive verbal comments based on their performance. These comments are geared to encourage improvement through positive and constructive feedback.
USA Rally Night
USA Staff demonstrates a fun pep rally from start to finish. This workshop shows teams how to use different elements to conduct a great pep rally at home. The participants get hyped by dressing in this year’s theme, “Hooray for the Holidays.” Celebrate twelve months of holidays in one fun night! From Santa’s elves to lucky leprechauns to Uncle Sam, get creative with your team! NEW THIS YEAR – shorter skits and more advisor involvement.
To best prepare for game days, teams are encouraged to bring signs, poms, megaphones, banners and flags to incorporate into their Home Cheer, Time Out & Game-Action™ Cheers Evaluations. Generic signs that can be incorporated to fit any given situation (e.g., school colors, initials, mascot, Go-Fight-Win, etc…) will work best!
Before each evaluation, squads will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with their USA Staff Teammate. Squads will receive coaching, input and suggestions to help them prepare for the evaluation performances that follow.
Each evaluation emphasizes a different aspect of spiritleading. Below are brief explanations:
All squads are encouraged to bring one school performance from home for evaluation by a USA instructor. Home cheers will be performed on the first night of camp. Cheers should not exceed 2:00 minutes in length. Music may be used, but squads choosing this option must provide their own sound system for the evaluation performance. Be sure to check out our music guidelines by visiting varsity.com/music. In all cases, safety should be your number one priority. For specific regulations, please refer to the latest AACCA Cheerleading Safety Rules – available online at www.aacca.org.
This evaluation gives your squads a chance to receive input on material they practiced before coming to camp. The emphasis in this evaluation is on technique, execution and showmanship. A squad may choose to perform solely for an evaluation sheet — a rating will not be designated for a squad that chooses this option. Please be sure to talk to your head instructor before the evaluation. Be sure to follow our music guidelines: varsity.com/music.
This evaluation puts an even greater emphasis on game day preparation. Teams will have the option to be evaluated on a Time Out Cheer or Time Out Dance. You will work with your USA staff teammate to set and customize material learned at camp, leaving camp game ready! The changes should enhance the Time Out Cheer or Time Out Dance and display your squad’s strengths, but the routine should still be recognizable as the USA cheer or dance learned. The emphasis in this evaluation is on the creativity of the changes, showmanship and technique.
This evaluation puts an emphasis on the seriousness of safety as our number one priority when stunting. Squads will be rewarded for their ability to demonstrate strong building skills with an emphasis on technical skill and safety.
Held on the last day, this class wraps-up the camp experience and gives the students an opportunity to reflect on everything that they learned and accomplished. Through peer led discussions, squads will be given specific ideas to help make the most of their camp experience beyond camp and ways to utilize these tools throughout the upcoming school year.